Congratulations to the newly titled Dr Kaiqiao Wu
04 March 2020
We are delighted to announce that our very own Kaiqiao Wu has just officially received his Doctor's title, completing his PhD on "Dynamically Structured Flow in Pulsed Fluidised Beds" at UCL Chemical Engineering in the CNIE.
Having been under the guidance of Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens for more than five years during which Professor Coppens was both his MSc and PhD advisor, and pictured here with Professor Panagiota Angeli (UCL Chemical Engineering) and Professor Raffaella Ocone (Heriot-Watt University), his research has provided key insights in how regular bubble patterns form in 2D and 3D gas-pulsed fluidised beds, based on experiments, theory and multiscale simulations. It demonstrates the importance of the complex rheology of fluidised beds, with granular solid and fluid mechanics dominating in different periodically organised regions in space and time.
The research was carried out in collaboration with Lilian de Martín (now at TNO, The Netherlands) and Victor Francia (now at Heriot-Watt University), both former CNIE postdocs. The pattern formation is a robust fingerprint for multiphase simulation techniques. It also provides a framework to facilitate fluidised bed scale-up and to intensify various industrial processes, related to, e.g. drying, combustion, coating or catalytic production.
Congratulations, Dr Wu!